INVESTING IN ECOLOGICAL INFRASTRUCTURE: COMPLEMENTING CONSERVATION
Tracey Cumming and John Dini
South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

 

Abstract
Ecological Infrastructure refers to natural ecosystems that deliver valuable services to people. It is the nature-based equivalent of built infrastructure, and needs to be maintained and managed as built infrastructure does. South Africa has a wealth of Ecological Infrastructure that supports development and provides opportunities to unlock economic potential. Because Ecological Infrastructure already exists in the landscape, its role is often not recognised, and it tends to be underinvested in. Some important areas of South Africa’s Ecological Infrastructure are degraded, and need to be restored in order to provide important ecosystem services to people. Investing in Ecological Infrastructure involves devoting time, effort and making decisions that support the maintenance of functioning Ecological Infrastructure, and the restoration of degraded Ecological Infrastructure. Investing in Ecological Infrastructure should be integrated into the planning and expenditure of a range of government departments, as well as forming a key component of national planning. The private sector should also be encouraged to invest in Ecological Infrastructure. Mainstreaming investing in Ecological Infrastructure into other sectors should complement conservation finance.

 

Presentation Topic
INVESTING IN ECOLOGICAL INFRASTRUCTURE: COMPLEMENTING CONSERVATION
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